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Making Disability Modern: Design Histories

Author/EditorWilliamson, Bess (Author)
Guffey, Elizabeth (Author)
ISBN: 9781350070424
Pub Date20/08/2020
BindingPaperback
Pages264
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
Making Disability Modern: Design Histories brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplinary and national perspectives to examine how designed objects and spaces contributes to the meanings of ability and disability from the late 18th century to the present day, and in homes, offices, and schools to realms of national and international politics.
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The contributors reveal the social role of objects - particularly those designed for use by people with disabilities, such as walking sticks, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs - and consider the active role that makers, users and designers take to reshape the material environment into a usable world. But it also aims to make clear that definitions of disability-and ability-are often shaped by design.

The contributors reveal the social role of objects - particularly those designed for use by people with disabilities, such as walking sticks, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs - and consider the active role that makers, users and designers take to reshape the material environment into a usable world. But it also aims to make clear that definitions of disability-and ability-are often shaped by design.

Elizabeth Guffey is Professor of Art and Design History at Purchase College, State University of New York, USA, where she also heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art. She is the author of Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society (Bloomsbury, 2017), Posters: A Global History (2014), and Retro: The Culture of Revival (2002). Bess Williamson is Associate Professor of Design History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary design in relation to politics and social change. Her book, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (2019), describes the role of design in the US Disability Rights cause of the last half of the 20th century.

Acknowledgments Introduction: Rethinking Design History through Disability, Rethinking Disability through Design Elizabeth Guffey and Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA Section I: Designers and Users From Craft to Industry Introduction 1. The Material Culture of Gout in Early America, Nicole Belolan (Rutgers University, USA) 2. Walking Cane Style and Medicalized Mobility, Cara Kiernan Fallon (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 3. Artificial Limbs on the Panama Canal, Caroline Lieffers (Yale University, USA) 4. Technologies for the Deaf in British India, 1850-1950, Aparna Nair (University of Oklahoma, USA) Section II: Disability and World-Making in the Twentieth Century Introduction 5. The Ideologies of Designing for Disability, Elizabeth Guffey (Purdue University, USA) 6. Architecture, Science, and Disabled Citizenship, Wanda Katja Liebermann (Florida Atlantic University, USA) 7. Disability and Modern Chemical Sensitivities, Debra Riley Parr (Columbia College Chicago, USA) 8. Design for Deaf Education: An Early History of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Kristoffer Whitney (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) 9. Designing the Japanese Walking Bag, Elizabeth Guffey (Purdue University, USA) Section III: Making Disability Digital Introduction 10. The Politics and Logistics of Ergonomic Design, Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler (Purdue University, USA) 11. Designing Emergency Access: Lifeline & LifeCall, Elizabeth Ellcessor (University of Virginia, USA) 12. 3D Printed Prosthetics and the Uses of Design, Bess Williamson (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA) 13. Materializing User Identities and Digital Humanities, Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware, USA)

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